The Windows Key

I’ve been told that my computer tips are the most interesting thing on here (hmm, cheers :-), so here’s one you may (or may not know).

The Windows key – found on most PC keyboards since the late nineties; it’s between Ctrl and Alt in the bottom left – can be used in combination with other keys to perform useful Windows shortcuts. Here are the ones I end up using all the time:

  • Windows Key + D: Minimises all your windows (literally – show desktop). Press it again to bring them back.
  • Windows Key + R: Shows the little Run dialog so you can launch programs like notepad or cmd
  • Windows Key + L: Locks your computer, quicker than doing the whole Ctrl+Alt+Del thing.
  • Windows Key + E: Brings up Windows Explorer

There are others, but these are the ones I definitely find most useful!

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